Following a PhD taken in molecular electronics, Peter Thompson FREng FInstP FRSC worked in trace analytical chemistry for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). He held a variety of technical, project and programme roles before joining the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), where he undertook business unit leader and customer-facing roles in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for defence and security.
Peter became head of the MOD Counter-Terrorism Science and Technology Centre, before returning to Dstl as a Programme Director for Science and Technology. Following a period in the MOD headquarters, where he joined the Senior Civil Service leading Science and Technology policy, Peter returned to Dstl as a Board Member and Deputy Chief Executive, responsible for corporate strategy, governance, strategic relationships, communications and human resources.
Peter took up his present role as CEO of NPL in September 2015 and has overseen the Laboratory's development and growth since its change in status to a public corporation in the same year. NPL is widely regarded as one of the leading National Measurement Institutes in the world and in 2018 celebrated its contribution to the global collaboration that resulted in the redefinition to a new SI on World Metrology Day 2019 (20 May).
Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the recipient of two MOD Chief Scientific Advisor Commendations and the US NIMUC award.